Friday, December 26, 2008

Our Holidays

WP's sister and his mother, A.P. who is 87

WP's lovely daughters M an L, lighting the Menorah, in honor of their Jewish heritage on their mom's side

My Supergirls

Left: Supergirl Two and her BFF S.A. (whom I've known and loved since she was born)

Some favorite gifts

A Santa from SG2

A cool stapler from WP's daughter M

Dark truffles from WP

And this sums it up in the form of a warm pair of socks with a logo, from WP's daughter L. :-)

If you'd like to check out my holiday slideshow on the side bar, there are a ton of photos there. Just click on it and it will take you to Picassa where they can be viewed bigger.

I finally had success in figuring out how to install a slideshow, so this is a major technoligical victory for me!

Monday, December 22, 2008

I took this photo through my kitchen window yesterday morning.

My dear friends,

I wasn't able to post this yesterday and express my sincerest wishes to you for a holiday filled with health, happiness and inner peace.

You've all come to mean a lot to me since I began this blog in February. I was unprepared for the level of interest and support I've received from you regarding so many things that matter to me. I'm grateful to those of you I've become "close" to through the blog as well as those who pass through occasionally and leave kind remarks or comments that help me learn and grow.

Happy Solstice to those of you who are inclined. Merry Christmas to those of you who believe that this holiday represents the birth of Jesus Christ. Happy Hanuka to Jewish friends all over the world. I have unlimited respect for all religions and points of view as long as they encompass love, unity and peace for all. I have not yet met a person through my blog who has contradicted these values, regardless of their religion or lack-there-of. This is very heartening to me because it is a start to spreading these values to a wider world, regardless of the god we pray or do not pray to. We all have our reasons. But on love and peace we can agree.

I feel grateful that you're out there. It makes my heart soar at times to read what you have to say. I laugh, I cry (for real) and I think because of the efforts you put into communicating who you are and what you believe in; what and whom you love; where you are going. Your path makes my own just a little less lonely.

With all my heart,

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wassiye - Habib Koite'

From the CD Ma Ya

Habib Koite, Malaria and More

I have been a fan of Habib Koite and his band Bamada since I heard this great song several years ago. I don't know the meaning of the word "wassiye" but through the music it conveys to me a sense of something one longs for. Perhaps a person, a place or a state of being. I have also included the recorded version; mostly for my own listening, as when I get re-hooked on this song; I want to listen to it over and over again.

I don't know now in what order I placed the videos and the jukebox in this post but one of the videos is of Habib Koite talking about the malaria epidemic in Africa; something I was enlightened to only very recently by a blogger I was introduced to by my dear friend Dianne at Forks Off The Moment. His name is Maithri. Check out his his incredible, inspirational blog The Soaring Impulse.

And if in lieu of giving that one extra gift to someone who may already be getting many, you want to send a donation to a great cause, check out Malaria No More. If you contribute now, you donation will be doubled.

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